By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON ? Day two of New London?s home game with Van Buren took place on Wednesday night and the Tigers picked up right where they left off the night before. Camryn Blint continued to cruise in the circle and the Tigers blanked the Warriors 8-0.
The Tigers held a 1-0 lead going into the day, which picked up in the top of the third inning. Breanna Mettler had the lone RBI of two-inning Tuesday, plating one with a single. New London wasted no time adding to that lead with three runs in the third inning, two of which came on a two-RBI single by Sydni Coleman.
Layney Loyd knocked in a run in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the lead to 5-0. In the sixth, three Tigers came across on RBIs by Blint, Mettler and Coleman.
Van Buren senior Hannah Heiserman doubled in the seventh inning to end Blint?s no-hit bid. The Warriors were unable to capitalize however, as Carson McSorley made a diving catch to end the game and preserve the shutout.
McSorley finished 3-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win. Loyd was 3-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Coleman went 2-4 with three RBIs, a stolen base and a run. Alexa Wenger was 2-3 with an RBI, and Mettler finished 1-4 with two RBIs.
Blint went 2-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. In the circle, she threw seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out nine batters.
After the win, head coach Duane Blint praised the team?s defensive effort and said he likes the direction the Tigers are headed as we inch closer to postseason play.
?Our pitchers aren?t power pitchers, but they?re good pitchers, and we get a little ball movement,? Blint said. And our defense is solid. Now is the time to be getting better and we definitely have improved to this point.?